Welcome to Muse-Eek U. Those of you that are familiar with Muse-eek.com products know that since 1995 we have catered to the serious musician using cutting-edge ideas on music education. To continue this tradition we are now creating the “Ultimate Online Music Education School.” We are very excited about the possibilities that online music educational applications offer. Over the next few years we plan a great expansion of Muse-Eek U. We have so many ideas for groundbreaking music educational applications that we can hardly wait to make them all available to you.
We are launching with three applications that cover ear training, rhythm, and live performance interaction. Because you have already experienced what Muse-Eek has to offer, and been a steady customer, we want you to know that we are having a special registration until January 1, 2015. During this period, and only during this period, what we are calling “Founding Members” will have a chance to join up with an unbelievable package of benefits. You can read more about these under the “Founding Member” article found on this page. Starting January 1, 2015 we will be adding apps at the rate of approximately one per month as well as enhancing the functionalities of the already existing applications.
The quantity and quality of the music educational applications that we will be adding over the next few years will create an educational environment that far surpasses anything previously offered online. We hope you will take the time to read about each of the apps that are part of our initial launch starting starting November 28 at 1 PM.
Seriously upgrade your musical abilities by joining us as a “Founding Member” before January 1, 2015. You will enjoy special pricing for the “Ultimate Online Music Education School and a super generous package of benefits.
And if you know someone who really wants to become a seriously better musician, spread the word!
The "Key Center" section of Muse Eek U is going to grow extensively over the next year. We launched with an application called “Aural Recall One” and we have just added “Aural Recall Two." So now you can work on the same exercises found in “Ear Training One Note and Two Note.” But the difference between "Key Center" applications and the courses currently for sale in the Muse Eek Catalog is the functionality. This means that "Key Center" applications are based on the interactive methods I use in private lessons to help a student improve more quickly.
For instance, over time I start to know which notes a student might have trouble with, and I begin quizzing them on those notes more than the notes they are already getting correct. This process has been built into “Aural Recall 1.” Encouragement is also a big part of getting through the beginning part of your training process because it's not uncommon to think you'll never get it, and find reasons to quit. So in private lessons I give a lot of pep talks because everyone eventually gets it; they just have to stick with it. That's why as you will see from the list below, we are working on features that will help you see your progress, which is something many students lose track of, thus losing heart.
Some of these features we are working on will be built into the application, and some will be separate videos I am creating to help you through the process. Overall these additional features are meant to approximate the kind of education you would get in person. Here is a list of the current and forthcoming features in the “Aural Recall One and Two” application.
“Aural Recall One” currently has the following features:
1. Three different speeds.
2. Option to choose whether you’re hearing note names or degrees as answers in "Aural Recall One."
3. Option to choose which notes out of all 12 you want to practice.
4. App keeps track of which notes you are getting right and wrong and begins to only quiz you on the notes that indicate difficulty.
5. App keeps track of how many notes you are getting right and wrong.
Over the next few months we will also be adding in the following functionalities:
1. Encouragement: Graphs to chart your progress over time.
2. Other instrumental and vocal sounds.
3. An "Extreme" level for super fast recognition.
4. Additional videos to help you understand the process of learning to train your ear.
Eventually the "Key Center" section of Muse Eek U. will encompass all the exercises currently for sale in the Muse Eek Catalog. This will include singing applications that help you with your intonation or singing a part in a choir. There will also be key retention exercises, various types of direct application workouts and instrumental "color drills." We also will develop a section for perfect pitch along with many exercises found in the “Play House” which will be ear training oriented.
Since ear training is all about memory it is important that you continue to use the MP3s sold for various ear training products on the Muse Eek website. This is so you can practice them consistently, even when you are away from an internet connection.
The “Rhythm Ace” section of Muse Eek U is going to see significant growth over the next year. We are launching with the “BeatMeister” application and other applications will be added over the next year. Some of these are: “Direct Application” exercises to apply rhythms to real music, “Long Line Rhythm” exercises to develop the ability to feel rather than count rhythm, “Beat Reading” exercises to help train the eye to move faster thus improving your sight reading ability. As an educator I have enjoyed building in the kinds of groundbreaking features these apps now have, and you will find that they educate you faster and more thoroughly. I am working right now on adding more features that will be available in the future.
“BeatMeister” gives you the exercises found in the “Rhythm Series” books found on the Muse Eek website, with additional functionality. Currently we have three courses available:
1. Rhythm Primer
2. Rhythms Volume 1
3. Rhythms Volume 2
Other courses will be added over the next few months, and you can see a complete list at the end of this description.
The “BeatMeister” application is much more than just some rhythm examples transferred to a application. The functionality of this application will help you to develop a much deeper understanding of how rhythm flows over time and how it interfaces with real music.
The understanding of the flow of rhythm over time is usually taught by a teacher counting out the rhythms as you play. The “BeatMeister” application does this by having a voice count the pulse as you play the rhythms. This greatly aids beginning students who need to learn this important skill. And because it is a mechanical voice, there is never any sense of judgement or impatience.
Drum Beats with the Rhythm Exercise
This is where the The “BeatMeister” application really shines because you can play the rhythms along with the drumbeat. The understanding of how rhythm study interfaces with real music is usually something that is only learned gradually by playing in various ensembles where you read music. For many students this is a real problem because they may not have the luxury of playing in ensembles. Practicing rhythm with the drum beat is much more enjoyable than alone, but more importantly understanding how rhythm is written in comparison to drum beats you are hearing and how they go together, i.e. how music is counted and how it interfaces with the drumbeat, will will be crucial to your success as a sight reader as well as your ability to write out charts for your own band. This is a great example of how an online application allows a deeper level of music education.
The “BeatMeister” application also lets you select the tempo of the exercise. This means that beginning through advanced students can select the tempo that is comfortable or problematic for them. The “BeatMeister” application tempo selection can make any exercise extremely challenging to any musician. Try selecting a simple exercise of half notes and quarter notes and play that at 30 bpm. Even advanced musicians will find this to have its humbling moments.
So to summarize, this is exactly what you will have with the “BeatMeister” application
1. A short example 6 to 12 measure example of a rhythm.
2. Control to choose the tempo of the exercise.
3. Several possible modalities to work with the rhythm exercises:
1. With just a metronome
2. With a voice counting the time
3. With drums playing along with the exercise.
4. Or multiple combinations of the above.
Over the next few months we will be adding in many new exercises from the books listed below. This will be a huge resource to help you read music and develop your rhythmic skills to a high level. We will also be adding many videos and text to help you understand various rhythms, metric level and other subjects that will deepen your rhythmic knowledge.
Exercises from the following books will be added to the “BeatMeister” application:
1. Rhythm Primer 2 covering 3/4 rhythms.
2. Rhythm Primer 2 covering 6/8 rhythms.
3. Rhythm Primer 3 covering odd meters.
4. Rhythms Volume 3.
5. Rhythms Volume 4.
6. Rhythms Volume 5.
7. Odd Meters.
8. Contemporary Rhythms Volume 1.
9. Contemporary Rhythms Volume 2.
10. Tuplet Rhythm Lexicon (any rhythm that involves dividing the beat into a different number of equal subdivisions.|)
The Playhouse section: The direct application of music skills is the main tool missing from current music education. Go to the “Playhouse” and you'll find applications enabling you to directly apply the techniques you have learned in any category of music. This area will be groundbreaking because the student will enter a virtual environment where they can apply their skills to real musical situations. The “Playhouse” section of Muse Eek U is going to grow extensively over the next year. We are launching with an application called “Bass-ics.”
We learn in one context at a time; for instance if you have mastered the Ear Training One Note Complete exercise you still need to apply this skill to a real music situation. Otherwise it's just a skill that is in your head, that never sees the light of day. Another good example would be if you've learned all your scales. Again, you will also need to apply them to many different real time music situations before they become second nature. This is equally true in such categories as music theory, chords, rhythm etc… All of these need to get out of your head, and into a real music situation and that's what the “Playhouse” is all about.
Over time the “Playhouse” will include applications covering the following: jam tracks, music -minus tracks and various programs that will broaden your ear training, music theory and instrumental abilities.
As mentioned we are launching with an application called “Bass-ics.” This application is simple yet very challenging. It mimics the situation where you are playing with another musician, in this case a bass player, who starts playing a bass groove and expects you to come up with something cool to accompany this bass line. This will require that you figure out the following:
1. What is the key center of this bass line?
2. What scale(s) could be used to improvise or to create an instrumental part?
3. What possible chords could be used over the bass line?
This provides a situation that usually could only exist in a rehearsal or live performance that is highly improvised. The only way to gain experience with this type of environment used be mean playing in an ensemble, or working with another musician but with the “Bass-ics” application you can get this crucial experience under your belt so that when you are actually playing with others you can quickly pick up by ear what is being played and make intelligent decisions as to what you should play on your instrument.
With the “Bass-ics” application you will also be able to see the bass line written out on a staff if you choose.
At launch the “Bass-ics” application will contain a limited number of baselines but eventually we will be adding 11,800 four note bass lines of increasing difficulty. Yes, that was 11 THOUSAND.
"I just played along with the Bass-ics app and it is TOTALLY awesome. Just picking an exercise and playing along for 5 minutes, I can ALREADY see the difference in my soloing. Plus, it is a musical game to figure out what would work over the chord progression I am hearing. Super fun and challenging!"
"Bruce this is just wonderful... I love the Beatmiester! Playing along with drums really helps me to see how rhythm is aligned with a groove. Can't wait for the next app..."
Just in time for the holidays!
Gift Certificates are now available for Muse Eek U. Give the gift of seriously cutting-edge music education to a friend or loved one.
Your gift certificate can be either a continuing monthly, annual subscription or an individual course starting in February 2015, it's your choice. Just send us an email and we will set it up.
We recommend that your gift certificate be either an individual course 9.99 or 14.99, 49.99 (one month) or 499.00 (full year) but you are also welcome to make a gift certificate in any amount.